a doctor tries to practice what she preaches to lose weight

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My Electronic Leash

Is my iPhone keeping from losing weight? Do I spend to much time on my phone? This question was bought up by my husband. I was looking for my phone yesterday. He said what would you do if I took the phone & the laptops out of the house. I thought about it and said I would probably last half an hour but then I would have to leave the house. I’m not a tv person. I’m actually not a phone person but I use my iPod for so many things. I keep in contact with friends via Facebook and texting. If I’m exercising I use my iPod for music or my Nike app. If I’m cleaning the house I listen to a audiobook or podcast. The same for cooking or chilling in the bath tub. I read books on my phone. The last thing I actually use it for is talking. I do think I spend too much time with my electronics. I try to be mindful and make sure I get my activity in. I try not to sit for to long surfing the net. These are my challenges that I will continue to work on. I guess I need to spend more time with my husband. I have a question. What would he do if I took all the TV’s out of the house?

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Get a healthy partner

Getting our blue belts

I have an unusual partner in health. My 9 y/o daughter. She has become my new motivator . She’s my exercise buddy, my assistant chef.  She says she likes mommy squishy but it would be good if I was a little smaller. She is learning about healthy eating at school and shares her health tips with me. She actually eats pretty good for a kid.  She helps me make my lunch and evening snack. We try new recipes together.  If she doesn’t like it she tells me “its ok for you to eat it mom because its healthy”.  We both take Tae Kwon do and are  blue belts. We love to kick each other around the house. Our new favorite exercise is Nike Training Club App on my iPhone.  It’s an awesome app. It has several workouts involving cardio and weights. She will ask can we work out together even if she has done Tae Kwon do for the day. If I’m tired she says oh mom you can do it. Its fun.Tonight she asked me to wait until she finished her homework so we can work out together.  We take walks in the neighborhood and ride our bikes and don’t even get me started on Kinect. I couldn’t ask for a better motivator. She motivates me in several ways. Trying to keep up with a 9 y/o is hard. I don’t want to watch from the sidelines I want to be an active mom. She encourages me to be healthy and makes me want to be healthy so I can spend my years with her. Everyone should have a partner in health. I thank God for mine.

5 Tips For Weight Loss

I mentioned in my earlier post my homework for fat 2 fit was to list my 5 top weight loss tips. That I can do. I have lost weight before so some of these tips are old. I just have to focus on keeping them up.

  • Log your food.
  • Plan our meals
  • Variety in food and exercise
  • Get your 5 fruits and vegetables
  • Keep the Faith

Now I can write a whole post on each of these alone.  I won’t to that now I’ll just list my best ideas in each area. This is stuff I actually do now.

Log your food this has so much easier with my iPhone. I use Livestong.com. There is a iPhone app and web site. The important part is to really log everything the best you can. It has a great list of foods. If I can’t find something I look for the closest thing. I measure or weight my food because portion size is a must. I’m honest when I snack because at this age I realise I’m only lying to myself if I cheat.It doesn’t me I don’t eat ice cream I just count it. Logging exercise is harder. Initially  I was using the Livestrong calculators but that was just too high of a calorie count. I eventually bought a strap on heart monitor. It a polar f something. I will talk about that later. It give an accurate calorie count.

Plan your meals The biggest thing for me is to take my lunch and snacks to work.  If I’m not working I keep snacks in my purse.  I keep easy stuff to fix for dinner. Planning my dinners on weekend and do my grocery shopping. I have also picked a few healthy fast food meals for when I’m on the run.

I’ll go over the next things in my next post.

My fave Podcast

I love Fat 2 Fit radio. It’s a podcast and website. Russ and Jeff are the perfect pair. Russ is trying to lose weight and Jeff has lost weight and is trying to keep if off. They give you information on healthy weight loss.  I like they  are not trying to sell anything. No books or fitness equipment  Each podcast features  facts on the latest diets and fads but also the science behind it. Each segment includes a topic for the day, inspirational quote and recipe. My favorite thing is homework. It gives you something to think about that will help you with your weight loss. The show notes are on the webpage as well as the links that are mentioned in the podcast. The best thing is that you can actually talk to them. They will respond to email, voice mail, and Facebook post. I emailed about calories. ( It looked like I was eating too much) Jeff emailed me back the next day, It helps to have real people on the other end of the radio. I even got the idea to blog from them. On the webpage you can use the body fat and BMR calculators. So check out FAT 2 Fit radio podcast and Fat2fitradio.com. My homework this week it to give my 5 tips for weight loss.  Thanks for the idea guys!

Help! So Many Apps To Choose From

I am a Iphone addict. My daughter cheers when I can’t find it. I use it for everything, so lets see how its going to help me to lose weight. There are way to many apps to choose from. I usually pick from staff favorites. I use apps to log food, exercise, grocery shop and even to blog. I have several favorites.

  • Livestrong – this is my favorite app for logging my food. It lets you log on the app and links to the web page. You can look up food as well as add your own recipes. I can track my weight, workouts and calories. Other good ones in this category are Sparkpeople and Dailyburn.
  • Fooducate- This is the best app. It lets you scan food and then it grades it. It educates you on strange ingredients and gives you healthier alternatives. Its goal is to guide you in picking unprocessed healthy foods. They have a great blog as well.
  • Nike + GPS- This helps you track your running or walking. It tells you how far you’ve walked,the time per mile and estimated calories burned. I love the verbal cues.
  • Happiness-(HPY) This is a meditation app. It helps me relax. This has helped me reduce my stress level tremendously

These are just a few of my favorite apps. I look forward to trying many more. Let me know your faves!

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